Henry Litton

Henry Litton

Henry Litton is a retired Court of Final Appeal judge and author of "Is the Hong Kong Judiciary Sleepwalking to 2047?".

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Opinion | For Hong Kong’s judiciary, whether English will remain an official language beyond 2047 is the question

Without official recognition of English, how can the common law system work? And what of ‘one country, two systems’? These are existential questions that should engage every lawyer, magistrate and judge.

Without official recognition of English, how can the common law system work? And what of ‘one country, two systems’? These are existential questions that should engage every lawyer, magistrate and judge.

For Hong Kong’s judiciary, whether English will remain an official language beyond 2047 is the question
16 Oct 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong’s judiciary has allowed the Basic Law to be used in political games

Frivolous judicial review applications don’t just waste time and money – they point to the more serious problem of a court culture that entertains groundless claims, by opponents of government policy, that the Basic Law has been breached.

Frivolous judicial review applications don’t just waste time and money – they point to the more serious problem of a court culture that entertains groundless claims, by opponents of government policy, that the Basic Law has been breached.

How Hong Kong’s judiciary has allowed the Basic Law to be used in political games
28 Aug 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were jailed on sound legal grounds, not Beijing’s orders

The judge who found them guilty of organising and being involved in an unlawful assembly acted with meticulous care and based her judgment on irrefutable evidence. The idea that Beijing practised ‘ruthless oppression’ on Hong Kong through the court proceedings is nonsense.

The judge who found them guilty of organising and being involved in an unlawful assembly acted with meticulous care and based her judgment on irrefutable evidence. The idea that Beijing practised ‘ruthless oppression’ on Hong Kong through the court proceedings is nonsense.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were jailed on sound legal grounds, not Beijing’s orders
29 Apr 2021 - 6:45AM
Opinion | Mass arrests: the sinister aspect of democrats’ ‘35-plus’ primaries strategy for the Legco elections

The powers given to legislators under the Basic Law must be exercised in good faith. If the whole essence of their endeavours is to wreak havoc, and bring down the government, then they are using the Basic Law as a disguise for subversive activities.

The powers given to legislators under the Basic Law must be exercised in good faith. If the whole essence of their endeavours is to wreak havoc, and bring down the government, then they are using the Basic Law as a disguise for subversive activities.

Mass arrests: the sinister aspect of democrats’ ‘35-plus’ primaries strategy for the Legco elections
26 Jan 2021 - 11:43AM
Opinion | For Hong Kong’s sake, the judiciary must regain Beijing’s trust

How did it come about that Beijing has developed such mistrust of the Hong Kong judiciary? The courts have put a slant on the Basic Law, by applying obscure norms and values from overseas which are totally unsuited to Hong Kong’s circumstances.

How did it come about that Beijing has developed such mistrust of the Hong Kong judiciary? The courts have put a slant on the Basic Law, by applying obscure norms and values from overseas which are totally unsuited to Hong Kong’s circumstances.

For Hong Kong’s sake, the judiciary must regain Beijing’s trust
3 Sep 2020 - 6:58AM
Opinion | How Hong Kong courts resolve tension between national security law and Basic Law will determine the city’s future

The Hong Kong judiciary is being called upon to calibrate the ‘one country, two systems’ formula so that it comfortably accommodates Hong Kong cultural values with national aspirations.

The Hong Kong judiciary is being called upon to calibrate the ‘one country, two systems’ formula so that it comfortably accommodates Hong Kong cultural values with national aspirations.

How Hong Kong courts resolve tension between national security law and Basic Law will determine the city’s future
28 Jul 2020 - 9:30AM
Opinion | Western leaders have been quick to denounce Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong. Too quick, actually

With the law’s text not yet revealed, Western leaders have jumped the gun and concluded that it will be oppressive and destroy the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Are Hong Kong and its people pawns in a greater geopolitical agenda?

With the law’s text not yet revealed, Western leaders have jumped the gun and concluded that it will be oppressive and destroy the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Are Hong Kong and its people pawns in a greater geopolitical agenda?

Western leaders have been quick to denounce Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong. Too quick, actually
15 Jun 2020 - 8:39AM
Opinion | Why Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong deserves the full support of the judiciary and lawyers

The common law lies at the heart of ‘one country, two systems’ and there is no reason the governing principle should not continue beyond 2047 if it is in harmony with broader national interests.

The common law lies at the heart of ‘one country, two systems’ and there is no reason the governing principle should not continue beyond 2047 if it is in harmony with broader national interests.

Why Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong deserves the full support of the judiciary and lawyers
1 Jun 2020 - 6:48AM
Opinion | Why challengers of Hong Kong’s anti-mask law have no case

By declaring the mask ban unconstitutional, the High Court judges arrogated to themselves the power to determine Hong Kong’s ‘constitutional order’. However, all laws have already been scrutinised to ensure they do not contravene the Basic Law.

By declaring the mask ban unconstitutional, the High Court judges arrogated to themselves the power to determine Hong Kong’s ‘constitutional order’. However, all laws have already been scrutinised to ensure they do not contravene the Basic Law.

Why challengers of Hong Kong’s anti-mask law have no case
20 Jan 2020 - 6:21AM